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Yorkshire Ambulance service has 'busiest day ever'

Yorkshire Ambulance Service have warned people to take precautions as the icy grip of winter takes it toll.

The number of emergency calls made over the past 24 hours was the highest in the trust's history.

The calls are categorised, with 'red' being the most serious. The service say they have never before had as many of that type of call.

Over all, on an average Friday during the festive period, the trust get around 1,700 999 calls, but yesterday it saw a 35% increase due mainly to the cold weather.

West Yorkshire Ambulance Service Director Paul Mudd has urged the public to only call 999 when it is necessary.

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"Lively demonstrations" promised in the run up to Christmas

Union members have held a protest outside Hull Paragon Railway Station over the new franchise for Northern & Trans-Pennine rail routes.

Protestors voice their concern over changes to Northern & Trans-Pennine rail routes Credit: Jess Hurd / RMT

Members gathered between 9.30am and 11.30am to gather support for their campaign. They say plans will lead to worse services and higher fares. They also fear there could be job cuts, including the loss of train conductors.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service under strain after calls break all records

Yorkshire Ambulance Service have warned people to take precautions as the icy grip of winter takes it toll.

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service was under huge strain last night

The number of emergency calls made over the past 24 hours was the highest in the trust's history.

The calls are categorised - with 'red' being the most serious. The service say they have never before had as many of that type of call.

On average, a normal Friday at this time of year sees around 1,700 999 calls, yesterday, the service took 2,300 calls, an increase of around 35%.

A spokesman said as well as road traffic accidents, the majority of the calls were caused by the cold weather, with many people having breathing difficulties and cardiac arrests.

Kammy: Cellino ban could threaten Leeds future

Former Leeds United midfielder Chris Kamara believes that the Football League's decision to temporarily disqualify Massimo Cellino from being a club director could be damaging for the club.

Chris Kamara Credit: Press Association

Cellino was disqualified after the Football League received a written judgement which they claim proved the Italian's failure to pay import tax on a yacht in his home country was a dishonest act.

But Kamara believes that Cellino has been treated unfairly.

He told Ladbrokes: “I think it’s harsh in the first place that Leeds have been made a bit of an example of with regards to the Fit and Proper Persons Test.

“Massimo Cellino has put £23m of his own money into Leeds United Football Club and anyone who invests that type of money deserves the opportunity to carry out their duties.

“It’s just a shame that Leeds are the first club who have been put through the ringer because of this test and it’s something that may threaten the future of the football club.

“The Football League believes they’ve got good cause to hammer Cellino because of the outcome of his court case in Italy but they should’ve made sure that was nipped in the bud before allowing him to invest such a large amount into the club. What will the consequences be now?"

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Only call an 999 if it's life-threatening

Yorkshire Ambulance Service are urging members of the public to only call 999 if it's a life-threatening situation.

"The service has received hundreds of 999 calls this week for seasonal-related illnesses and incidents and we are treating a lot of patients with breathing difficulties as a result of cold and viruses.

"As we approach a busy weekend of pre-Christmas celebrations and office parties we expect there to be a significant influx of calls to alcohol-related incidents.

"These calls are in addition to other medical emergencies such as injuries from road traffic collisions, heart attacks and strokes.

"Whilst many people do use our emergency service appropriately, some callers could be helped by other more appropriate healthcare services."

"We would ask people who are out and about to be conscious of how much they are drinking, eat beforehand and make sure they plan ahead for transport home.

"We would like to thank members of the public for their support during this challenging period and recognise the efforts of our staff who are working extremely hard to provide services for our patients.

– Dr David Macklin, Interim Executive Director of Operations at the Trust

Donkey rides at the shopping centre

The White Rose Shopping Centre in Leeds is offering donkey rides for shoppers today between 10am and 1pm. Animal lovers are advised to head to car park 1B and await the arrival of one of four festive donkeys who will ferry them in to the retail area. It's free, although donations to Meanwood Valley Urban Farm will be 'gratefully received'.

"We're very proud to be supporting Meanwood Valley Urban Farm and the brilliant work it does with animals, leading up to the festive period. This is also a fantastic opportunity for parents to take a really cool Yule picture of their little ones!"

– James Bailey, General Manager, White Rose Shopping Centre

Find out how to attend Mrs Christmas' lunch

The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on with less than two weeks to go until the big day. For some people, though, loneliness means the festive season is a tough time of the year. But one woman in South Yorkshire has made it her mission to make sure that everyone has someone to celebrate with as Emily Kerr reports

Mrs Christmas still has places left for this year's lunch which is taking place in Sheffield on Wednesday 17th December. If you would like to attend, or you know of someone who would like to go, please send an email with your contact details to calendar@itv.com and we will pass them on to Mrs Christmas.

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